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St. John of the CrossThe Dark Night of the Soul (February 16, 2007)

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After the soul has grown in love for God and gotten rid of attachments to things (as described in The Ascent of Mount Carmel in more extended form), it still can't get all the way to union with God, unless God does it Himself. That's what The Dark Night of the Soul is all about.

The Ascent of Mount Carmel

St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) was a Carmelite monk. He was a friend of St. Teresa of Avila, although they seldom met face to face; and like her, he was dedicated to bringing back the more rigorous old Carmelite rule for those who wished to follow it. His difficulties were even greater than hers, however, as at one point he was actually captured and imprisoned by some of his Carmelite brothers who didn't like his ideas.

Also like her, he was a mystic and writer. His poems are classics of Spanish literature.


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Artist/Composer: St. John of the Cross
Date: 2007-02-16
Keywords: Audiobook - Nonfiction; religion; mysticism

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Introduction and Prologue 8.1 MB
Bk. 1, Chs. 0-2: The First Stanza, Beginners and Progressives, and Problems of Beginners with Pride. 17.3 MB
Bk. 1, Chs. 3-5: Imperfections of Spiritual Greed, Lust, and Wrath 13.6 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 6: Imperfections of Spiritual Gluttony 10.1 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 7: Imperfections of Spiritual Envy and Sloth 5.7 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 8: Explanation of the first line and the Dark Night 6.2 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 9: Signs that someone is in the Night of Sense 13.4 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 10: How souls should conduct selves in the Night of Sense 7.5 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 11: Explains the next three lines of the poem. 9.1 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 12: Of the benefits which this night causes to the soul. 15.2 MB
Bk. 1, Ch. 13-14: Other benefits of the Night of Sense. Expounds last line of first stanza. 20.7 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 1-2: Begins to treat of the dark night of the spirit. Other imperfections of proficients. 11.6 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 3-4: Annotation of what follows. Exposition of the first stanza 8.5 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 5-6: Pain and grief of this night. Other kinds of pain from it. 19.6 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 7-8: Afflictions and constraints of the will. More pains of the soul. 19.4 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 9: Darkness in the spirit comes to purge and illumine it. 4.9 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 10: Explains this purgation fully by a comparison. 9.0 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 11-12: As fruit of these constraints the soul finds itself with vehement passion of Divine love. This night is purgatory. 15.7 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 13-14: Delectable effects wrought in the soul by this dark night of contemplation. Last three lines of stanza explained. 19.1 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 15-16: The second stanza. Explains how the soul walks securely though in darkness. 20.2 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 17: Explains how this dark contemplation is secret. 13.3 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 18: Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder. 7.0 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 19: The first five steps up the ladder of love. 11.6 MB
Bk. 2, Ch. 20: The final five steps up the ladder of love. 7.9 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 21-22: The disguise of the soul. O happy chance. 14.2 MB
Bk. 2: Ch. 23: The wonderful hiding place where the soul is set during this night. 19.1 MB
Bk. 2, Chs. 24-25: Completes explanation of the second stanza and begins the third. 8.4 MB
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Reviewer: Maureen S. O'Brien - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - December 14, 2007
Subject: Yes, The Ascent of Mt Carmel is still on archive.org.
There've been a lot of technical difficulties lately with stuff being mysteriously unavailable and then available again. I think archive.org is doing server maintenance or something. Right now, Ascent is back up.

Reviewer: thrtyrs - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 9, 2007
Subject: Ascent?
Is the Ascent of Mount Carmel no longer available for download?